UNITED NATIONS, New York (WOMENSENEWS)--Isatu Kalokoh, a 32-year-old mother of three, lives in the far-eastern suburbs of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
In her community, 60 percent of the residents are women. Kalokoh is a housewife, but many of the women here making a living farming oysters, selling wood and working as petty traders of small retail goods.
Only about 100 women in her suburb can read, but a single female chief, elected over the resistance of many men, runs the community.
(This article first appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Peace Corps WorldView, pp. 26-27.)
By Casey Frazee
The “Safety of the Volunteer 2007” report released by the Peace Corps Office of Safety and Security states that there were 253 incidents of rape, some form of physical or sexual assault, death threats or intimidation against Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in 2007. That is roughly 3 percent of PCVs who served that year. When the statistics are compiled for 2009, I will, unfortunately, be among those numbers.
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